Using Ritual Magic to Trap Self-Driving Cars

Mal says: "I expect Jamie to Winchester up and hit the streets of Mountain View with bags of salt."

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Volcano Fortress Fire Pit

Until now, I had not realized that there was a fire-pit-shaped hole in my life waiting to be filled.

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Tomorrow Calling

Tomorrow Calling

It's a 1994 adaptation of Gibson's The Gernsback Continuum that I didn't know existed!

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DNA Lounge: Wherein "shit gets really weird at DNA on Monday nights".

Broke-Ass Stuart wrote a very nice article about us in the Examiner today!

San Francisco's famous weirdness isn't dead:

Hubba Hubba was started in 2006 by ringleader Jim Sweeney and has a rotating cast of performers, including Alexa Von Kickinface, Lee Presson and Maggie Motorboat. It's funny, strange, sexy and halfway insane. It's also a weekly throwback to when San Francisco was a wilder and weirder city, which is perfect considering that running concurrently downstairs in the bigger DNA venue is Death Guild, the oldest continually operating gothic-industrial dance club in the United States. Between the two, shit gets really weird at the DNA Lounge on Monday nights. It's magical. [...]

I'm only kind of serious about my newfound clown fetish, but what honestly made Monday night special was that it was proof that San Francisco's famous weirdness isn't dead. The fact that a clown burlesque show was happening in the same building as a goth-industrial party reminded me that there's still plenty of odd underground things happening -- and that we must fight to protect them.

I especially enjoyed the last bit:

As the night ended and the clown burlesque show was at a close, the all-clown New Orleans-style marching band, was going throw open the doors and march through the goth party downstairs. The rest of the clowns, as well as those of us in the crowd, would all trail behind, second-line style. Unfortunately, at the very last minute, the move was vetoed. I don't know the reasoning, but it's possible we finally found the one thing too weird even for the DNA Lounge.

I don't know the reasoning either, but, oh man, the Death Guild promoters are gonna catch a cold, sitting in all that shade.

Exciting news on the Codeword construction front: for a minute, we had an actual unobstructed sidewalk! And you could see our sign from more than five feet away! The condo construction next door took down their scaffolding months ago, but for some inexplicable reason, took forever to re-pour the sidewalk out front. They finally did, and it was a glorious thing:

But like I said, that only lasted a minute. They didn't actually bother to put the façade on the building before they took the scaffolding down, because... reasons? So they went and put it back up again. But this time there's a tunnel underneath it, so at least our side of the street is now somewhat navigable again. Somewhat.

It's an improvement, at least. The number of times we hear, "Oh, I didn't know this place even existed" has gone up. That's never really something you want to hear, but it's better than silence?

In financial news, there's not really any news. People are forever saying to me, "So, are things looking up? I came to this one show and it seemed crowded!" Everybody wants to make happy smalltalk and hear that your cancer is in remission, or at least the chemo doesn't make you vomit too much. So it is better? I don't know. Maybe a little? But not really, and not enough. My accountant and bookkeeper won't be able to tell me for sure how much we lost in February until the end of March, but I do know that even though January did a fair amount more business than December did, we still managed to lose about the same amount of money. It's so great seeing your income go up -- and then seeing your expenses go up by the same amount.

The Patreon is up to a bit over $4,000 per month in contributions, which is absolutely amazing and it's incredibly gratifying to know that so many people believe in what we're doing here, but it's still not enough. If we got like 8× that we'd be doing ok.

The Chin-Stroking Society of the Internet frequently enjoy holding court to present wisdom like, "Well you ought to just ditch Codword then! There, I've solved it for you. You're welcome." But our realtor has now shown it to basically every qualified operator in the city and they've all said no. I keep having to point out to people that you can't sell something unless you have someone willing to buy it. Meanwhile, I'm still on the hook for the lease, even if I just close the doors. The fact that nobody will bite does give us a bit more credibility when we say to our landlord, "Look, the rent is too high." Negotiations, obviously, are ongoing.

Well, I hope that didn't bum you out. Unless you being bummed out results in you becoming a Patreon sponsor. In which case I'm not sorry!

We've had some press about some recent events! SF Sonic reviewed John 5 and The Creatures; The Bay Bridged reviewed Rachel Lark (which was an awesome show!) SF Classical Voice reviewed Mercury Soul; and Spinning Platters, Rock Subculture, and 48 Hills all reviewed the Book of Love show.

It has been a while since my last blog post, so there are quite a few new photo galleries:

Convergent Riddims
B Sides
So Stoked: For Love

Book Of Love
Monday Hubba: Sultry Poultry
Rachel Lark

My Melody
Hubba Hubba: Space Station 1977
Vowws + Hide
Crazy Purim Costume Party
John 5 + Suicide Queen
And so much Bootie:

Onesies vs. Jumpsuits
Gen X vs. Millennials
Gwen vs. P!nk
Mardi Gras Mashquerade
Gamer Night
Also, please enjoy mixtapes 178 and 179.


LLNL Atmospheric Nuclear Tests

The U.S. conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962, with multiple cameras capturing each event at around 2,400 frames per second. These are the declassified films of tests conducted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.


"Baby got an atom bomb.
A mother fucking atom bomb.
Twenty two megaton.
You've never seen so much fun."
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Phillip Kremer:

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Today in OBEY

Nick Mamatas:

Back in the 1990s, this ad would be the result of billboard liberation, which I at first assumed it was.

It's actual corporate copy.

sweet emoji:

i can gauge your political spectrum based solely on whether you compare our dystopia to orwell's 1984 or john carpenter's "they live"

Beg for scraps or you will starve
Beg for scraps or you will starve

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The iTunes race to the bottom continues.

You are surely aware that both locations of DNA Pizza play music videos all day. One of the nice features of our setup is that if you have the Apple "Remote" app installed, you can request videos. It shows you the full list and lets you queue new ones. You don't have to pair your phone with iTunes, it just lets anyone on the network do it anonymously. It's awesome.

But iTunes 10.7, from 2012, was the last release that supported this. After that, they deleted the "anonymous requests" feature. Now you have to be paired to iTunes with your Apple ID, and it's useless and horrible.

Somewhat surprisingly, later versions of the iOS "Remote" app still supported sending anonymous requests to iTunes 10. So that was basically fine. Abandonware means no features have vanished, hooray. I had to figure out how to continue running iTunes 10.7 on MacOS 10.11+, which was difficult but possible.

But I think you know what's coming next: Apple just pushed out an auto-update of Remote 4.3.1 and they removed the anonymous request feature.

How out of character for them.

So if you still have Remote 4.3.0 or earlier, and you want to be able to request videos, don't ever allow that to upgrade. You'll want to be turning off "Settings / iTunes & App Stores / Automatic Downloads / Apps".

If it has already auto-upgraded on you, you might be able to get the old version back. Look in "Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Mobile Applications/" for a "Remote.ipa" file. I had 4.2.3, which still works. You can re-install an old version by deleting the current version from both iTunes and your phone; syncing; opening that old.ipa file in iTunes; then syncing again.

If you know where to find a copy of "Remote 4.3.ipa", not 4.3.1, I would like to know. Nope, it has to be your own copy.

The iTunes Motto: "Fewer Features, Every Day".

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"Thank you all for coming out on a Monday for a documentary...."

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Tech Bro Algal Bloom

It's not so much that tech bros are bad in and of themselves, it's that they're a indicator species for an ecosystem. Like an algal bloom, their overabundance is a sign that the balance is amiss.

The Silicon Valley startup ecosystem depends on venture capital. If VCs are putting in money, they want to see a return (and a big one, because of the expectation that nine out of ten companies, at a minimum, will crash and burn). And they want to see it ASAP, because that's how the time value of money works, and because companies are burning money like liquid hydrogen as they try to achieve lift-off. So there's an enormous pressure on founders to produce, which inevitably selects for people who are prepared to sleep under their desk for the chance of having a breakout company (and, not incidentally, making an enormous return for their VCs, who are presumably sleeping soundly in their nice Design Within Reach beds). The system doesn't select for women, for people who have families or lives outside of work, for thoughtful people. And by not selecting for them, it actively pushes them out, creating a culture that rejects and is intolerable for them [...]

But there's more to it. What makes a startup a startup isn't that it's new (we call that a 'small business'), it's that it grows rapidly, ideally exponentially. That pushes startups toward bits, not atoms (near-zero incremental cost), towards anything that leverages Metcalfe's Law, towards dark patterns of nonconsensual behaviour towards users (like strip-mining Contacts lists), towards eroding user privacy, to dumping everything users have created when the startup is acquihired, and towards falling back on invasive online advertising because having a viable business model was a distant second to growing a user base.

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